When kids ask for new toys, gadgets, or other entertainment options, they might express how these things are popular, cool, or “must haves.” It’s easy for adults to recognize that these wants are based on peer pressure and the desire to fit in.
But do we also recognize how much peer pressure affects parents? In many ways, these same pressures convince parents to make unwise decisions and leave their kids open to negative influences.
How Birthdays and Holidays Reveal That Peer Pressure Affects Parents
When considering buying gifts for our kids on birthdays and holidays, pollster George Barna rightly observed that there is a big problem when many of the entertainment products popular in today’s culture are in direct conflict with the moral precepts of the Christian faith. I am speaking largely of anything music- or movie-related.
We have to make a choice as to what is more important—pleasing our kids’ tastes and sensibilities, or satisfying God’s standards as defined in Scripture. When we choose to make our kids happy at the expense of God’s will, often, we are left with a pit in the stomach. All of this indicates that we are just as subject to peer pressure as our kids. So if we don’t want our kids succumbing to peer pressure, then we shouldn’t give in to peer pressure either.
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